henryg wrote:I'd definitely take a car from Faro and head along the Algarve coast. You have plenty of options on the south if it's big and it's not far to drive to the west coast if it's small. Try Marina car in Lagos (they meet you at the airport) they won't take a deposit off you if you pay fully insured (not expensive) and they don't even look at the car when you return it. I've even paid them in cash with no credit card details taken. There are loads of cheap places to stay as well if you get sick of car camping, i'm talking less than 10 quid a night in those big hotels. They have very low demand in the winter.
PortugalByVan wrote:Hi Brigfoot,
how about renting a camper van? Have a look at https://portugalbyvan.wordpress.com/ we are from Lisbon but maybe we can manage a way to deliver a van in Faro. Maybe this option can be the answer to your questions.
henryg wrote:Oh yeah and definitely avoid the A22 like poo says, it has a really complicated toll system that you have no idea how much you are racking up and it's really difficult to pay for and if you leave without paying the hire car company will add a charge when they bill you later. The N125 is the free alternative.
Poo Stance wrote:I seem to remember something about paying the tolls. For some reason I asked about them when I picked the car up. A lot of different comments from people over there. But can't seem to remember anything useful on how to avoid them (other that use the N125).
I think the deal was you can only pay the toll 2 days after you've been through it. There are no booths on the motorway, just cameras that take you number plate. So after 2 days you need to go to the post office and give them you number plate and pay what you owe. You have 4 days from when you can pay to pay. That make sense?
I now remember cancelling my credit card and not paying anything for the tolls. Seem to remember some folks saying that the gov hadn't thought the system through properly with regards to tourist/hire car usage and there wasn't a consensus on if tourists should pay or the hire companies. I mean, what happens when you are driving to the airport and use the toll road? The hire company I used said I should 'estimate' what I used and pay them when I returned the car...ok.
If my memory is right it worked out about €10 per 80-90km for tolls.
Poo Stance wrote:No worried fella. But don't think there was any food and drink info in that PM. Maybe someone else can recommend. I did find the BbQ chicken places on a few beaches to be good grub and reasonable.
Poo Stance wrote:
Personally my 'solution' would be to stop before you get on the toll road and change a few letters on the number plate with some well placed duct tape.
Leedsol wrote:Black masking tape won't work as its the transponder that records the toll. Plus if you do that then it is perverting the course of public justice (subject to evidence being demonstrated to show guilt and subject to Portugal having similar crimes to the UK which I am sure they will emanating from Latin jurisprudence as do we) for which a life sentence is the maximum penalty (tho' never given).
I've just ignored the tolls last three times i've been. Let the transponder record it, liability attaches to the car owner and I've not been billed since (been 3x in the last 10 months). The system is unworkable and in fact Spain are taking Portugal to the European Court regarding it as they funded the fast road. Expect an answer in about 10 years.
N125 is the most dangerous road in Western Europe and sooo slow. I'm not a driving or car fan by any stretch but the A22 is perfect to drive on. Once you hit Lagos there's no tolls.
Poo Stance wrote:Bud. It's looking good for you
Poo Stance wrote:Nice 1 bud. Glad you had a good time.
What was the sitch with the toll roads then? You pay up?
How's about some pictures too?
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